World's first curved smartphone hits S. Korea market

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Seoul (AFP) - Samsung launched the world's first smartphone with a curved display screen on Thursday, as the electronics giant seeks to maintain its lead in the increasingly saturated market.

Galaxy Round -- a 5.7-inch concave handset that fits the curve of a user's palm -- has hit stores in South Korea but Samsung did not say when the new phone will be available globally.

Curved screens -- billed as lighter and thinner than current display panels -- are at a nascent stage in display technology, which is shifting towards flexible panels that are bendable or can even be rolled or folded.

The new phone -- powered by Google's Android system and featuring a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor --is priced at about 1.08 million won ($1,000), Samsung said.

"The display (of Galaxy Round) is ergonomically shaped to fit the curve of a hand and comfortably embrace an ear and cheek during a phone conversation," SK Telecom, the country's top wireless operator, said in a statement.

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A model holds Samsung's first 'curved' smartphone Galaxy Round, a 5.7-inch handset with a display th …

The new phone allows users to check information such as missed calls, text messages, remaining battery life and the current time and date more easily when the screen is locked.

When listening to music, users can switch between songs on a playlist by placing the phone on a flat surface and pressing down on the left or right side to tilt the device, which automatically detects the movement.

The curved screen is made of plastic, instead of the glass that is commonly used in smartphones, and as a result the handset is slightly lighter.

Samsung said the phone weighs 154 grams (0.33 pounds), 10 percent less than the firm's similar-sized Galaxy Note III oversized smartphone.

"This certainly is not a ground-breaking, game-changing product," one tech blogger said in a review.

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Samsung's first 'curved' smartphone Galaxy Round at the Electronics and IT Industry Fair in Goyang, …

"But it fits quite nicely in my hand... and the images look slightly deeper when seen on a curved screen," he said.

The latest device arrived as global smartphone makers vie for growth in the increasingly competitive market.

Samsung -- the world's top maker of smartphones and mobile phones in general -- in January unveiled the prototype of a bendable display called "Youm".

Samsung's smaller rival LG said last week it had started mass production of curved display panels for smartphones and is reportedly set to unveil its own curved smartphone this month.

But companies still face a major challenge in making other handset components -- such as batteries -- that can bend with the rest of the unit.

Curved displays are already commercially available in large-screen televisions offered by companies including Samsung and LG.

The displays are supposed to offer a more immersive viewing experience but are significantly more expensive than standard screens.

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Hey BIV, is there an article that says when these new fancy schmancy curved phones will start going into production?
 
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Hey BIV, is there an article that says when these new fancy schmancy curved phones will start going into production?
Well they are in production in South Korea... thinking prob won't see them here for another 3 to 6 months as Samsung just released those new ones here.

Like when I got my S3... literally a month later the S4 then shortly after that the water proof one came out... feh.
 

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Well they are in production in South Korea... thinking prob won't see them here for another 3 to 6 months as Samsung just released those new ones here.

Like when I got my S3... literally a month later the S4 then shortly after that the water proof one came out... feh.
I hate how we don't get this new high tech shit the same time that Asia gets it.
 
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I hate how we don't get this new high tech shit the same time that Asia gets it.
I'm always curious what the difference is between the Korean one and the one we eventually get here... wondering if they use the Korean version for testing to work out any bugs.
 

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I'm always curious what the difference is between the Korean one and the one we eventually get here...
Changing of processors. Samsung's international version has there own in house processors, which can have up to 8 cores in em. The US ones have the Snapdragon processors which can only get 4 c0res, because Qualcomm is a bunch of whiny cunts and can't handle competition.
 
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Changing of processors. Samsung's international version has there own in house processors, which can have up to 8 cores in em. The US ones have the Snapdragon processors which can only get 4 c0res, because Qualcomm is a bunch of whiny cunts and can't handle competition.
Well that and the different versions of the same phone you get with different carriers... thinking now a days it is basically colour... but I do remember a few years ago they would selectively turn things on or off on the phone depending on the carrier.
 

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Well that and the different versions of the same phone you get with different carriers... thinking now a days it is basically colour... but I do remember a few years ago they would selectively turn things on or off on the phone depending on the carrier.
Oh yeah, like when Verizon came out wit their shit v cast service and it replaced features already in the unlocked version of the phone? Oh god that service was terrible.
 
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Oh yeah, like when Verizon came out wit their shit v cast service? Oh god that service was terrible.
Don't know about that always had At&t... it was an actual feature turned off or on with the "dumb" phones...
 

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Don't know about that always had At&t... it was an actual feature turned off or on with the "dumb" phones...
I had Verizon when I was a teenager under my parents plan. It was great for calls and texts, but they were a bunch of fucking penny pinching douches.
 
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I had Verizon when I was a teenager under my parents plan. It was great for calls and texts, but they were a bunch of fucking penny pinching douches.
They all are... we used to hook up a laptop to our Razr phones when we went up to camp... damn near got dsl speed... not with the smart phones... and of course they charge for tethering now... or turning your phone into a hotspot etc... not like I would as I missed out on unlimited data and just have a 300 MB a month plant for about $10 less then my chicks unlimited/grandfathered in data plan... assholes.
 

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They all are... we used to hook up a laptop to our Razr phones when we went up to camp... damn near got dsl speed... not with the smart phones... and of course they charge for tethering now... or turning your phone into a hotspot etc... not like I would as I missed out on unlimited data and just have a 300 MB a month plant for about $10 less then my chicks unlimited/grandfathered in data plan... assholes.
I know a friend of mine who rooted his android phone he has under t-mobile, and he can use his phone as a wi-fi router hotspot for FREE. So if you got an android device you could easily root the phone for a free hotspot, and then factory default the device when you go to upgrade
 
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I know a friend of mine who rooted his android phone he has under t-mobile, and he can use his phone as a wi-fi router hotspot for FREE. So if you got an android device you could easily root the phone for a free hotspot, and then factory default the device when you go to upgrade
Ya I would if I had the unlimited plan... I do occasionally see people who leave that on like when I am in the supermarket...
 

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I wonder how long it will take until a pretty young Korean girl is sodomized with this phone in a porno....
 

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the only good use for this is to fit it in your back pocket and it conforms to your ass when you sit on it right before you destroy it
 

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That's stupid, but when the iPhone is curved it'll be genius.